Time is running out for Samsung, Sony, and other mirrorless camera makers

Started Mar 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
sgoldswo
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Re: Time is running out for The big two
In reply to Sergey Borachev, Mar 19, 2013

Sergey Borachev wrote:

sgoldswo wrote:

No, I think it's the other way around. Time is running out for canon and Nikon and their current offerings don't cut it. They can only go so far with discounting entry level dslrs before they lose a lot of money and their existing offerings bring zero to the table. How can anyone take seriously a company that thought it was a good idea to launch the EOS-M? There is clearly something broken there. Nikon has an offering that sells because they had to cut the prices in half And that competes for IQ with compacts.

neither of these indicates the innovation necessary to even cause ripples in the pond.

I am sure the EOS-B, the camera mentioned in Thom's blog, would be a more serious camera than the EOS-M. And don't under-estimate the marketing strength of the leading brand or the intelligence (of the lack thereof) of those who follow the leading brand name, especially those in a certain continent.

But if it really is a DSLR which takes standard EF lenses then it's a pointless exercise.

People aren't interested in looking at the body with the body cap on, they want to see the camera with the lens on. If the lens is bigger than the camera the whole exercise is pointless.

Hint: People are still buying their DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are not making much inroad as yet.

I disagree its as simple as that. Aggressive price reduction on the low end is the only way DSLR sales stay flat and as I said on my last post I think the DSLR market is on its way to the same place as the compact market. If it wasn't, why are Canon and Nikon bothering to respond to mirrorless at all?

I also think that in the UK at least, the decline of the camera shop on the highstreet means you'll see more of a move to mirrorless since the highstreet shop and sales incentives for staff was one way the big two knew they would get plenty of business.

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